Trench work is one of the most dangerous types of activity on a construction site. If a trench is supported improperly and collapses, workers may be buried, crushed or trapped. Indeed, most trench collapses cause death rather than injury and result in wrongful death claims.
Hazards of Trench Work
Because of the significant hazards of working in trenches, there are many safety standards and regulations that are supposed to apply to the management and oversight of trench work. When a trench accident occurs, a primary cause is often the failure to follow accepted procedures for shoring, covering, wiring or digging. When this happens, injured workers or the families of those killed may be able to recover compensation and damages.
Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers
It is important to consult an experienced construction accident attorney to learn about your rights after a trench collapse. At Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP, Attorneys at Law, our New York lawyers advocate vigorously for clients who were injured and the families of construction workers killed in trench collapses. We build on the more than 25 years of experience of each principal attorney, investigating thoroughly and consulting with experts and specialists to understand fully the cause of the accident and determine responsibility. This allows us to select the legal strategy that meets your needs and circumstances.
Causes of Trench Collapses
A trench can collapse for numerous reasons. Our lawyers handle cases arising from explosions, improper shoring, failure to train workers for trench work, the inattention of a supervisor, weak or unsafe equipment and construction materials, and other types of negligence. A construction cave-in represents a major disaster for a building project and for the workers employed on the site. Let our law firm help you recover the resources you need to move forward with your life.
Contact a New York Excavation Injury Lawyer
We offer complimentary consultations and charge no legal fees unless we recover compensation for our injured clients. To learn more about our cases, call us at 800-483-1716 toll free or email us to schedule an appointment with a New York attorney after a trench collapse accident.